Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Macmillan and Co. – 1866


Synopsis
It is said that Alice lived imaginary and imagined adventures, derived of absurd disorder. Anyone who reads these adventures knows quite well, how Alice lived several lives which are our own as well. That the absurd that confronts her, also surprises us throughout our lives and our very personal adventures. This book is “merely” the rabbit hole which leads us, through Alice’s hand, towards unforgettable wonders.
The book was originally published by Clarendon Press, Oxford, in June 1865. The following month, the author was informed that the illustrator, John Tenniel (1820-1914), didn’t like the quality of the printing and this fact led to the cancellation of this first print run of 2000 copies and all of the books were withdrawn from the market.


Biography
Born from the mind, heart, and hand of distinguished mathematician, Charles Lutwidge Dogson (1812-1870), Lewis Carroll is synonymous of Alice, and on that journey, found for all mankind, a maximum common denominator of dream and wonder, that, ever since, answers by the same name. Fleeing his father's destiny wanting him to become a priest, he would seek refuge in Oxford as a mathematics teacher. Freed from God's laws as well as from mathematical rules, brought into his adult life the enchantment for sleight of hand and illusionism that fascinated him so much as a child. His love for - at the time extremely recent – photography, which, taking its time to reveal the positive captured on paper, brought with it the negative of so many emotions, representations and visions, gave life to the Alice that each of us, hopelessly carries. 


FunFacts
CAREER IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Lewis Carroll was an accomplished photographer. Beginning in his mid-20s and continuing for almost two decades, he created over 3000 photographic images.

MATH THEORIES
Alice in Wonderland satirizes new math theories. For instance, the riddles like the one the Mad Hatter asks Alice about a raven being like a writing desk were a reflection on the increasing abstraction that was going on in mathematics in the 19th century.

LEWIS CARROLL'S HALLUCINATIONS
Lewis Carroll suffered from a rare neurological disorder that causes strange hallucinations and affects the size of visual objects which can make the person feel bigger or smaller - a huge theme on the book.

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